Grants to help make Bass Coast more accessible

Bass Coast businesses and community organisations are improving access for people with disability, thanks to funding from Bass Coast Shire Council’s Building Inclusive Businesses and Community Organisations Grant Program.

Successful applicants have now been announced and will each receive up to $1,000 to make access and inclusion improvements to their business or service.

“Congratulations to the 10 recipients of the funding who took the time to check their premises, programs and services to identify what barriers existed and what changes could be made to improve access and inclusion of people with disability,” Bass Coast Shire Mayor, Cr Brett Tessari said.

“This small capital investment has big social benefits, as we know that when you provide access for all, you have a greater wellbeing and a more connected, participating community.

“It is great to see this year’s focus on improving access and inclusion for people with disability in our community, which will also benefit everyone,” Cr Tessari concluded.

The successful applicants are:

  • Wonthaggi Table Tennis – compliant toilet signage and hands free soap dispenser and hand dryer
  • Wonthaggi Baptist Church – modify access to stage to include wider steps and handrails
  • Brinnie T Design, Cowes – develop a Disability Action Plan to improve access and inclusion for current and future employees and customers
  • Island Bay Ranch, Newhaven – replace dangerous/uneven path with a safer and more accessible path
  • Woolamai Recreation Reserve – Riding for the Disabled, Woolamai – purchase a portable hoist to assist RDA riders
  • Woolamai Beach Surf Life Saving Club – purchase a beach wheelchair
  • Gippsland Disability Advocacy Inc – a community event during Social Inclusion Week 2021 to showcase ‘Remote Connections’ film – the lived experience of people with disability and COVID-19 in Bass Coast
  • Bass Coast Adult Learning, Wonthaggi – a business breakfast event to promote the value and benefits of employing people with disability
  • Bass Coast Landcare Network – resurface and widen existing pathways to the River Bed Community Garden in Bass
  • Harman’s Wines, Inverloch – purchase a new printer to print large print menus and gravel to improve pathway access to building entrances

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